Fela Sowande

African Suite

            Sowande lived a remarkable life in music, both as performer and composer.  Known as the “father” of Nigerian classical music, he was equally at home in jazz.  He received a thorough music education in both his native country and later, in London, England.  The son of a priest and college teacher, his early life in Nigeria was immersed in the great Anglican Church music tradition, singing in traditional cathedral choirs, and studying organ.  As s chorister his musical experiences including not only the traditional English repertoire, but also the introduction of native Yoruba music into Nigerian ecclesiastic music.   His prowess as an organist led to the mastery of the great European organ works sufficient for a diploma from the Royal College of Organists.  Moreover, concomit